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#SoCS – Silence


That silence you encounter when the power goes out

The kind that makes you realize all of a sudden that you’ve been listening to the fridge

To the light bulbs burning

To countless currents flowing through wires

And then it begins–

The tinnitus.

The silence is deafening.

I think my favourite sound in the world, other than the laughter of my children, is the wind blowing through leaves out in the country where the occurrence of traffic is rare.

Or the sound of snow falling on a breezeless night, again, out in the middle of nowhere. On horseback.

In one of those moments when you think to yourself I’ll never forget this, and sure enough, thirty years later you still haven’t forgotten. And you still believe you never will.

If I had to choose, I think I’d pick silence over noise, pretty much any day.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

25 thoughts on “#SoCS – Silence

  1. I think we might be kindred spirits, Linda. Such a calm and peaceful feeling post.


  2. Sounds of quiet are sometime the best sounds. I never understood the sound of falling snow until I moved to the midwest. It is a soft tinkling eerie sound that is relaxing…as long as you know mentally its not going to be feet deep.


  3. Yes me too ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


  4. Itโ€™s such a stark realization when the power fails. Silence, and darkness (if at night) are like we never really experience. This was a challenging prompt, Linda. Thanks for SoCS.


  5. I can relate. Iโ€™m so used to noise that silence seems weird.


  6. I love this so much and loves the sound of silence too


  7. Beautiful. What gets me is when I turn off my desktop computer, with its three fans, and the apartment goes silent. Yes, yes, the soft-silent sounds of wind in trees and snow fall (and to remembering them). I’ll add: the soft sound of only hundreds of butterfly wings in trees (migrating through CA).


  8. An interesting thought, Linda. I am scared by silence.


  9. Loved this !
    My sentiments exactly.


  10. We’ve had the electricity cut off because of storms lately. Nice not to have the fridge or electrical noise but that silence doesn’t stick. Out in the country it isn’t just wind in trees. In fact, I forgot to mention that noise in my blog today! Silence is broken ears!


  11. We are so used to noise that we find silence strange!

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